Flushing, New York, United States
I was born in San Antonio Texas. My parents were both the descendants of some of the first American settlers in Texas, their ancestors having come on the first wagon trains from Missouri. I am related by blood and marriage to some of the notable figures in Texas history, among them Davy Crockett, and John Bridger, and Lyndon Johnson, all of which, as my father was wont to say, could be taken with 75 cents and used to buy a soda from a vending machine. As one great writer once surmised, not one of us has control over the circumstances of his birth, it's what one does with them that ultimately makes all the difference.
I was raised in modest means, neither my parents, nor my grandparents were college educated. I was able through diligence and inborn intelligence to win a four year scholarship to Rice University where I studied biochemistry for two years, and then to my parents' chagrin, switched to English Literature. I wanted 'to write and I read as many of the classics as my mind could absorb. Upon graduation, I discovered how unmarketable liberal arts degrees are even from reasonably prestigious universities and began my rather modest career as a claims examiner for an insurance company.
And so it goes. I write every day, if possible. I try to find meaning in even the smallest of details in life, and I hope. It is the one thing I think which separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Despite the worst of circumstances, we can often see beyond them, and find hope.
Published writer: Yes